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On the move…

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Hawaii and Montery005 Ever onward…I am now blogging at www.mailtribune.com/agefriendly. My  husband is partnering with me in a twice-weekly hand-off of 300 words or more on age-friendly living.  That’s Howard in the photo above, standing next to me near the ocean where we do not live–but we love to visit.  Could be interesting–this business of public writing. Our adult children are in awe–or is that wide-eyed disbelief?

Blogging as a married couple helps us meet the “regular” blogging obligation we made to the newspaper that hosts this Community Blog (Medford, Oregon Mail Tribune) and keeps our dinner table conversations focused–and definitely feistier– because we do not see eye to eye on this business of aging. We are both, however, passionate about finding ways to create  friendlier living environments that lead to greater independence for aging people–like us. For example, I have this “Aging-in-a-Box” idea that Howard always raises his eyebrows skeptically when I raise it …will share that concept and see what you think in an upcoming post.

This blogging business could change our relationship after 30 years of marriage. Heck–it already has….

I will still do an occasional blog here on this site as well but probably just as irregularly as I have in recent months.  I appreciate the wonderfully supportive 148 comments received to date about the Age Friendly Innovators website and this particular blog.  And keep any constructively critical suggestions coming -we listen and will be responsive.  Got the suggestions re SEO optimization and we are ON IT.

 

You Gotta Have Friends

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The term used to describe one of the most important elements of successful aging is “social connectivity.” The experts in the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology talk about it like this, “One of the greatest challenges or losses we face as older adults, frankly, is not about our health…it’s about our social network deteriorating on us because our friends get sick, our spouse passes away, friends pass away…”

The future of “aging well” involves staying connected. Technology is a big player but some old-fashioned approaches may work quite effectively for you. Think about this.

We can assure good connections if we keep in touch with old friends through regular letter writing or with weekly long-distance telephone conversations. Keep them happy and upbeat.  Go easy on a discussion of your ailments; ask a lot of questions.  Connections happen when you join a writing group or participate in quilting or knitting projects. Continuous learning environments attached to local colleges and universities are an excellent option.  I’ve seen incredibly strong connections develop among a talkative group of early morning walkers in their late 60’s  and a serious-minded pair of 70-something tennis players.  By the way, there’s is a whole lot of social connectivity involved in going to church every Sunday and staying for coffee and cookies after the service.

Over 1/3 of adults age 75 and older live alone. If that’s you– or one of your neighbors, today might be the day to reach out and touch. If you have a porch, sit out on it. Smile and wave when someone goes by. Tomorrow, do the same thing– only wave more grandly. Big smile. Let me know how that goes for you.